NPC is hosting roundtable discussion on how we can help prepare social prescribing for scale. We’ll be joined by sector leaders to discuss how social prescribing currently operates, where it works well and why, and what challenges still need addressing as it expands.
While the upcoming Marmot Review 10 years on is expected to show the dismal progress we’ve made towards improving social determinants of health, social prescription is increasingly being looked at as part of a potential solution. The government has pledged the expansion of social prescribing, has set up a new academy, and NHS England has already pledged to fund 1000 new link workers.
Nonetheless, rapid expansion comes with risks. While everyone agrees that social prescription should build up communities’ assets and cohesion, how can we ensure that a national approach fully capitalises on those varied assets that communities can bring to bear? How can we develop a model that sufficiently funds and supports the critical role of the cash-strapped voluntary sector to avoid risking knock-on effects elsewhere? How can we use rigorous measurement and evaluation to ensure that expansion delivers the right outcomes to those who need them the most? And recognising that resources are limited; how can we ensure they are targeted to reduce large and growing health inequalities we see between different communities and people? Crucially too, will the NHS really get behind this over a prolonged period?
NPC will bring together sector leaders to explore these challenges and discuss how social prescribing can be scaled responsibly to meet its tremendous potential. Speakers will include Charlotte Augst, CE, National Voices, Nick Timmins, King’s Fund, Marie Polley, Co-Chair of Social Prescribing Network, Barbara Reichwein, Programme Director, Multiple Long Term Conditions, Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospital Charity and Dan Corry, CE, NPC.
If you interested in joining us, please let our events team know at events@thinkNPC.org.
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